James J Arnold


Lieutenant Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Family Medicine
Director of Osteopathic Education
Location: 96th Medical Group/SGE, Eglin AFB, FL
Research Interests:
Osteopathic Education, Obstetrics
Office Phone


Medical Acupuncture Course Nov2017-May2018
Helms Acupuncture Course, Tempe, AZ

Family Medicine Obstetrics Fellowship Jul 2012-Jul2013
Natividad Medical Center, Salinas, CA

Faculty Development Fellowship Aug 2010-May 2011
University of California, San Francisco

Family Medicine Residency July 2003-June 2006
David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, CA

Doctor of Osteopathy Aug 1999-May 2003
Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA

Bachelor of Science, Biology Jun 1993-June 1998
California State University, Chico (1995-98)
Butte College Community College, Chico, CA (1993-1995)


Lt Col James J Arnold, USAF, MC, has been the Osteopathic Medical Director of the Eglin AFB Family Medicine Residency since July 2017. Prior to his arrival at Eglin, he was the Senior Associate Program Director of the National Capital Consortium (NCC) Family Medicine Residency at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital from 2013 to 2017. He is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU).

Dr. Arnold is originally from California where he has lived in multiple locations to include the cities of Riverside, Grass Valley, Chico and Fairfield. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree, in Biology, in 1998, from California State University, Chico. Prior to matriculating to medical school, Dr. Arnold was commissioned into the Air Force after becoming a recipient of the Health Professional Scholarship Program. He received his osteopathic medical degree, in 2003, from Des Moines University, Iowa, where he was inducted into the Sigma Sigma Phi osteopathic medicine honors fraternity as a first year medical student. Dr. Arnold completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at David Grant (USAF) Medical Center at Travis AFB, California. During his second and third years he served as the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic Chief starting the first ever osteopathic referral service in that facility. Dr. Arnold was recognized at graduation for being the Outstanding Family Medicine Resident of the Year.

Upon graduation from residency, in 2006, Dr. Arnold was assigned to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam providing full scope family medicine care to all active duty members and families in that area. In 2008, Dr Arnold was deployed as the Medical Operations Chief to the Provincial Reconstruction Team assigned to Zabul Province, Afghanistan, where he received a Bronze Star. Following deployment in 2009, Dr. Arnold was invited to be core residency faculty at Travis Air Force Base at the same program he graduated from. During his second year there, he was made Assistant Program Director and selected to attend the Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. After serving at Travis, he was selected to attend a civilian-sponsored Obstetrics Fellowship at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California in 2012-2013. Following fellowship, he was picked to be faculty at the tri-service the National Capital Consortium Family Medicine Residency Program at Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he served as both the Senior Associate Program Director and Director of Osteopathic Education. During his four years there, he ensured that the residency program was the first ever in the DOD to be awarded Osteopathic Recognition Status by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. As of 2017, he has serves as the Director of Osteopathic Education for the Eglin Family Medicine Residency in Florida. Dr. Arnold has been recognized several times for his strong commitment to residency education; being awarded USAFP's Family Physician of the Year nominated by his residents and was named Physician Educator of the Year for both the Air Force Material Command and the Air Force, District of Washington. He has also been awarded faculty of the year four times by the residents he has trained.


Arnold JJ, Gawrys BL. Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring. Am Fam Physician. Am Fam Physician. 2020 Aug 1;102(3):158-167.

Silver S, Ledford CC, Vogel KJ, Arnold JJ. Peripheral Nerve Entrapment and Injury in the Upper Extremity. Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 1;103(5):275-285.

Arnold JJ, Hehn L, Klein DA. Common questions about recurrent urinary tract infections in women. Am Fam Physician. 2016 Apr 1;93(7):560-569.

OMT for Muggles! – Live half-day to full-day workshop providing privileges in limited osteopathic manipulation for allopathic providers. Course Director and Lead Content Author and Lead Instructor – taught at the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians annual conference in Crystal City, Mar 2014, Crystal City, VA Mar 2015, Denver, CO Mar 2016, Seattle, WA, Mar 2017, Orlando, FL Mar 2018, St Louis, MO March 2019.

Arnold JJ, Ehleringer SR. Is spinal manipulation an effective treatment for low back pain? Yes: Evidence shows benefit in most patients. Am Fam Physician 2012;85(8):756-757.

Arnold JJ, Williams PM. Anaphylaxis: Diagnosis and Management. Am Fam Physician. 2011;84(10):1111-1118.

De Kanter CB, Roberts TA, Ali SM, Arnold JJ, Witkop C, Klein DA. Military family physicians’ practices and perceptions about reproductive health services for deploying women. Mil Med. 2019 May 1;184(5-6):e424-e430.

Garner KK, Pomeroy WL, Arnold JJ. Common questions about exercise stress testing. Am Fam Physician. 2017;96(5):293-299A.

Hempstead LK, Shaffer TD, Williams KB, Arnold JJ. Attitudes of family medicine program directors toward osteopathic residents under the single accreditation system. J AM Osteopath Assoc. 2017;117(4):216-224.

Klein DA, Arnold JJ, Reese ES. Provision of contraception: Key recommendations form CDC. Am Fam Physician. 2015 May 1;91(9):625-633.